Avery Charged with Felonies

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

William Antonio Avery was charged with felony fleeing and sale of narcotics, based on an investigation and high speed chase Tuesday evening.

His bond was set at $10,000 on the fleeing charge and $50,000 on the sale of cocaine charge.

Officials say Avery refused to stop for the East Mississippi Drug Task Force and led them on a chase that lasted thirty minutes.

Avery was taken into custody when he was found at a Kemper County church.

"Highway 493, Highway 39 North, through the edge of north Meridian, and several county roads. Ended about seven miles north of the county line on Highway 493 in Kemper County," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.

Agents with EMDTF say they were doing what is commonly referred to as a buy-bust. That's where they stop someone after an illegal drug sale has been observed. They say Avery decided to flee.

Initially agents with the task force pursued Avery. They eventually called for assistance from units with the Marion Police Department, as well sheriff's deputies.

Calhoun says there are various factors to consider when deciding whether or not to continue a pursuit.

"We strive to have all of our deputies highly trained in pursuit driving," said Calhoun. "And the decision was made yesterday to continue that pursuit. There are a lot of factors that go into that: time of day, the weather, the ability of the deputy, the training they have, the ability of the car they have, traffic."

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